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Potters Bar society’s action pictures at White Water Centre

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7:00 PM September 22, 2022



Members of Potters Bar & District Photographic Society do not let their regular program’s summer break get in the way of taking new pictures.

As well as working on personal projects, the members have met up for two group shoots.

The first was a walk along the River Thames during what is known as “the blue hour”.

That is the time after the sun has set but before the sky turns black. This can lead to some dramatic night pictures.

The other was a visit by 14 members to the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

The creative nature of photography means that when 14 people shoot a similar subject, you are very likely to get 14 different pictures.

Some like to show the detail in the action by using a high shutter speed to freeze the movement while others will use a slower speed, blur the pictures and the results will be more impressionistic.

Some will choose to photograph the wider scene giving context and while the person standing next to them may well be zoomed-in getting images of details while some, of course, do all of the above.

That is one of the great things about photography.

It does not matter what camera you are using, how basic or how advanced, the creative eye in the person operating it is the greatest asset.

This skill can be honed on events such as these and any member of the Society is willing to help anyone else if a problem arises.

The Society restarted its regular meetings on September 12 and is happy to see any new members, whatever their photography skills, from 7.30pm on Monday evenings in the Alexander Wilding Suite in the Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar.

Society members’ comments on their pictures. The hope is that they explain to non-photographers what they were trying to obtain.

Mark Heineman




Kayaking picture by Potters Bar and District Photographic Society member Mark Heineman
– Credit: Mark Heineman

Kayaking was captured early in the shoot and emphasized the need to be ready as the rest of the morning session was rafting, which whilst fun, was not as interesting [for me] to shoot.


Back flip picture by Potters Bar and District Photographic Society member Mark Heineman

Back flip picture by Potters Bar and District Photographic Society member Mark Heineman
– Credit: Mark Heineman

‘Backflip’ is the same kayaker, paddling into the rapids backwards and then executing a full 360-degree flip. It was very impressive to watch and fortunately I captured the action. Modern cameras assist action shots but you still have to have the correct settings.


Submerged picture by Potters Bar and District Photographic Society member Mark Heineman

Submerged picture by Potters Bar and District Photographic Society member Mark Heineman
– Credit: Mark Heineman

‘Submerged’ shows the extremes of this sport with the kayaker totally submerged – not for the faint-hearted.

Fiona Adamson


In The Stopper by Fiona Adamson

In The Stopper by Fiona Adamson
– Credit: Fiona Adamson

Photographing any kind of sport takes patience and a good fast shutter speed! To try to catch the unguarded moment, expression or bit of exciting action.


Reflection Slalom Markers by Fiona Adamson

Reflection Slalom Markers by Fiona Adamson
– Credit: Fiona Adamson

So Lee Valley was an ideal spot to hone some of those skills, and try a bit of creativity too.


Tails by Fiona Adamson

Tails by Fiona Adamson
– Credit: Fiona Adamson

Yves Paige


One of Yve Paige's pictures from Lea Valley White Water Centre.

One of Yve Paige’s pictures from Lea Valley White Water Centre.
– Credit: Yves Paige

It was my first time at Lea Valley so I didn’t know what to expect.


One of Yve Paige's pictures from Lea Valley White Water Centre.

One of Yve Paige’s pictures from Lea Valley White Water Centre.
– Credit: Yves Paige

I decided to try and get faces to show how much fun people were having.


One of Yve Paige's pictures from Lea Valley White Water Centre.

One of Yve Paige’s pictures from Lea Valley White Water Centre.
– Credit: Yves Paige

The club had a good time out together helping each other and making memories.


One of Yve Paige's pictures from Lea Valley White Water Centre.

One of Yve Paige’s pictures from Lea Valley White Water Centre.
– Credit: Yves Paige

Lesley Alsford


A photograph taken by Lesley Alsford with a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and keep detail in the kayaker.

A photograph taken by Lesley Alsford with a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and keep detail in the kayaker.
– Credit: Lesley Alsford

For the first I’ve used a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and keep detail in the kayaker.

Also taking him at an angle with the paddle held diagonally makes it a more dynamic shot.


A photograph taken by Lesley Alsford with a slow speed to give more of an abstract feel.

A photograph taken by Lesley Alsford with a slow speed to give more of an abstract feel.
– Credit: Lesley Alsford

The second one is taken at a slow speed to give more of an abstract feel.


This picture by Lesley Alsford was taken against the light to better show the water droplets.

This picture by Lesley Alsford was taken against the light to better show the water droplets.
– Credit: Lesley Alsford

The third picture was taken against the light to better show the water droplets etc.

Richard Litherland


The raft captain by Richard Litherland

The raft captain by Richard Litherland
– Credit: Richard Litherland

‘The raft captain’ – ever watchful, a study in concentration – responsible for his boatload of paddlers, giving them a good time and looking after their safety.


Kayaking acrobatics pictured by Richard Litherland

Kayaking acrobatics pictured by Richard Litherland, a Potters Bar and District Photographic Society member.
– Credit: Richard Litherland

‘Kayaking acrobatics’ – this lad was practicing his kayaking maneuvers, I spoke with him after the shoot – he was a really nice lad and took his sport very seriously. I hope I captured his poise and athleticism.


Going with the flow by Richard Litherland

Going with the flow by Richard Litherland
– Credit: Richard Litherland

‘Going with the flow’ – I like the contrast of emotions shown by this young rafter being relaxed floating in the water and being at the mercy of the flow at the same time.

Helen Frost


Rafting picture taken by Helen Frost at Lea Valley White Water Centre.

Rafting picture taken by Helen Frost at Lea Valley White Water Centre.
– Credit: Helen Frost

This is not an easy subject to get right! I tried to capture faces as the participants concentrated and panicked their way down the course.


Rafting picture taken by Helen Frost at Lea Valley White Water Centre.

Rafting picture taken by Helen Frost at Lea Valley White Water Centre.
– Credit: Helen Frost

Of course each person is doing their own thing (mainly trying not to fall out!) so eventually I just tried to capture the whole fun of the ride and the laughter.


Rafting picture taken by Helen Frost at Lea Valley White Water Centre.

Rafting picture taken by Helen Frost at Lea Valley White Water Centre.
– Credit: Helen Frost

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